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intr.v. muck·raked, muck·rak·ing, muck·rakes
To search for and expose misconduct in public life.

[From the man with the muckrake, tool for raking muck, who cannot look up to heaven because he is so obsessed with the muck of worldly profit, in Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan.]

muck′rak′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.muckraker - one who spreads real or alleged scandal about another (usually for political advantage)
political science, politics, government - the study of government of states and other political units
depreciator, detractor, disparager, knocker - one who disparages or belittles the worth of something


[ˈmʌkˌreɪkəʳ] N (pej) → escarbador(a) m/f de vidas ajenas
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But let me tell you-all that when the big strike sure does come, you-all'll do a little surface-scratchin' and muck-raking, but danged little you-all'll have to show for it.
The film's occasional moments of angst-leavening levity (hello, Empoy Marquez) are a welcome respite from its characters' whiny muck-raking.
I don't remember much of what Odysseas Michaelides -- our muck-raking auditor-general, who granted me an hour of his time last February -- actually said (as with all public figures, there were no shocking revelations), but I do recall his plush, spacious office, and the card on the sideboard reading "From all of us" with a handwritten message of support inside from his old comrades at the ministry of communications.
More important to making "This Lightness" something more than a he said/she said muck-raking exercise is the artist's voiceover -- electronically modulated to sound suitably American.
And the visiting documentary team had every right to try to persuade Derby Road's residents to participate in their muck-raking little project.
Eventually commonsense will rule the day beyond the political muck-raking and false propositions of extreme Conservatism and its partner UKIP creating political confusion where none should be.
AM I alone in thinking that the orgy of muck-raking in the wake of Jeremy Thorpe's death was distasteful?
RACEHORSE trainer Charlie Brooks enlivened the long-running phonehacking trial in the Central Criminal Court in London yesterday with details of his muck-raking start in racing, his journalistic achievements, two published books and a few failed private enterprises.
They soon gave up on their muck-raking mission, though, he laughingly revealed, by the "fifth or sixth dog walk" -- a favourite pastime of the unaffected couple.
Stieg Larsson's muck-raking trilogy of corruption draws to a satisfactory conclusion with a series of vile threats and sticky ends - for the righteous and wicked alike.
Murdoch bought the Sun in 1969 and rapidly turned it into an irreverent, muck-raking tabloid, introducing topless models within a year.